AMERICAN HARP SOCIETY, INC.

aka AHS   |   Bellingham, MA   |  www.harpsociety.org

Mission

The mission of the American Harp Society, Inc. is to celebrate our legacy, inspire excellence, and empower the next generation of harpists.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Kathryn McManus

Main address

PO Box 260

Bellingham, MA 02019-0260 USA

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Formerly known as

AHS

EIN

13-6131860

NTEE code info

(Music) (A68)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

National Conference

Every summer the American Harp Society hosts national gatherings. The National Conference, held in even-numbered years, features concerts by brilliant artists from around the world, workshops on wide-ranging topics, master classes with world-class teachers, and scholarly lectures to feed the intellectual soul, as well as an exhibit hall with a dizzying array of harps and related items.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

The Summer Institute, held in odd-numbered years, focuses on the student harpist with workshops, master classes, and concerts by the best performers and pedagogues in the world. The Summer Institute is held in conjunction with AHS National Competition, where dazzling young harpists compete for awards and scholarships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Held every odd year (2015, 2017, etc.) in conjunction with the Summer Institute, the National Competition offers a total of over $30,000 in prize money. There are six winners in each of the five divisions:

Junior (12 & under)
Intermediate I (15 & under)
Intermediate II (18 & under)
Advanced (21 & under)
*Young Professional Divisions (30 & under).

* The 1st Prize Winner of the Young Professional Division serves as the AHS Concert Artist until the next competition.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Harpists and students of all ages and interests.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have developed new programs to encourage more youth participation, and revised others. Recently published a DEI statement.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN HARP SOCIETY, INC.

Board of directors
as of 11/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kela Walton

Lynne Aspnes

President

Jennifer Ellis

Pacific Regional Director

Mary Ann Flinn

Secretary; Southeastern Regional Director

Joan Holland

Midcentral Regional Director

Cindy Horstman

Director at Large

Chilali Hugo

Western Regional Director

Lillian Lau

1st VP

Karen Lindquist

Director at Large

Elaine Litster

Treasurer

Charles Lynch

Director at Large

Vincent Pierce

South Central Regional Director

Felice Pomeranz

Northeastern Regional Director

Angela Schwarzkopt

2nd VP

Susan Spiwak

Director at Large

Anne Sullivan

Midatlantic Regional Director

Kela Walton

Chairman of the Board

Brandee Younger

Director at Large

Joan Holland

Mid Central Regional Director

Angi Bemis

Director at Large

Jeremy Chesman

North Central Regional Director

Rosanna Chiu

Director at Large

Karen Gottlieb

Director at Large

Rebecca Todaro

Southern Regional Director

Elisa Torres

Director at Large

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/22/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.